Kenya: Registration Of The Pemba Community Kicks Off

Published: 3/Mar/2023
Source: Kenya News Agency

The process to register members of the Pemba community in an effort to issue them with identity cards has kicked off in Kwale.

This follows the recognition of the Pemba as an ethnic community in Kenya in a Special Gazette Notice issued on January 30, 2023, by President Dr. William Ruto.

Their recognition follows that of other previously stateless communities, including the Makonde from Tanzania and Mozambique in 2017, and the Shona from Zimbabwe in 2020.

According to the United Nations (UN) a stateless person is an individual who is not considered to be a national by any state under the operation of its laws.

It is believed that the Pemba people entered Kenya from Zanzibar archipelago before independence in 1963 and ventured into fishing as their main economic activity.

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Themes: Apatridie, Discrimination, Naturalisation et le mariage, Ethnique/Raciale/Religieuse
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2023